Monday, March 17, 2014
During my scheduled 50 mile bike ride this past Saturday, I had a problem on the ride. I ended with 32 miles for the day. I don't remember what happened, but according to witnesses, I stopped the bike, got off, and fell to the ground. I had fainted. 911 was called and the ambulance took me to the hospital.
I was disoriented but in no pain. After several tests, including EKG EEG, and stress test it remained inconclusive as to what actually happened. The Neurologist said my brain tested fine. No joke, please. :) and the Cardiologist reported that I had a slight leak in one of the heart valves, and a heart murmur. None of which poses a significant health risk, believe it or not. I was told I'm in remarkably good shape for my age.
After discussing my most recent training plan and races, I was told not to resume physical activity for a short time, and then to start slowly again and build myself up. I will see the Cardiologist in one month and he'll advise again from that point.
Even though I try to hydrate and take fuel in a smart way, I may have indeed been dehydrated. The blood pressure tests indicate that I was dehydrated, and slightly low on sodium. So, I will need to improve on that in the future.
I still do not know why I fainted, and neither do the docs. I did ride aero quite a bit on that ride, possibly I rose upright too quickly and got dizzy. Just one of the thoughts I had.
In the meantime, I am going to take some time off. Rest for several days. I have never taken an extended rest period before, and I surely am overdue for that.
My 70.3 will not be done. That hurts a lot. It was to be in 12 days from today, and not knowing why I fainted, I will pass it by for now. I don't want to be out in open water and faint again. The doctors advised against it, and for me, it's just too soon after this episode for me to feel safe.
Trying to stay positive about the whole thing. Life happens. I am grateful that I'm okay and will be able to continue my pursuit of health in a more robust manner soon enough.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.